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Order of Business Thursday 14th January 1999

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* indicates a question for oral answer.
[R] indicates that the Member has declared a relevant interest.
Questions for oral answer not reached receive a written answer.
Supplementary questions will also be asked. Other Ministers may also answer.

+ indicates Government business.
Timings are indicative only.

At 11.30 a.m.Prayers
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Employment
*1 Mr Robin Corbett (Birmingham, Erdington):    How many young unemployed people are taking part in the New Deal in Birmingham and the West Midlands.
*2 Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    What estimate he has made of the effects on (a) local education authorities and (b) teaching staff of the staging of the last three pay awards for teachers; and if he will make a statement.
*3 Mr David Rendel (Newbury):    If he will make a statement on his Department's plans for expenditure on teachers for the current year and for each of the next three years.
*4 Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter):    What plans he has to ensure that citizenship is taught in schools.
*5 Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    How many Londoners benefitted from the New Deal for Young People during 1998.
*6 Mr Phil Hope (Corby):    If he will outline his plans for the Youth Service.
*7 Mr Tom Levitt (High Peak):    What measures he is taking to promote the retention of people in employment when they become disabled.
*8 Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):    What new measures he plans to introduce to expand opportunities under the New Deal; and if he will make a statement.
*9 Mr Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):    What assessment he has made of the educational and training value of the video, Left-Handed Children; A Guide for Teachers and Parents produced in consultation with his Department and the Teacher Training Agency; and if he will make a statement.
*10 Norman Baker (Lewes):    What steps he is taking to ensure maximum access to the Disability Rights Commission.
*11 Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    If he will review the UK's contribution to the implementing of ILO conventions; and if he will make a statement.
*12 Mr Ian Bruce (South Dorset):    What representations he has received from school governing bodies with infant and junior classes about the effect of lower class sizes for five, six and seven year olds on future classes for eight, nine and 10 year olds.
*13 Mr A. J. Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):    What estimate his Department has made of the number of four year olds in reception classes; and if he will make a statement.
*14 Sir David Madel (South West Bedfordshire):    If he will make a statement on his plans for the future of the teaching profession.
*15 Caroline Flint (Don Valley):    What evidence he has obtained of the effectiveness of the numeracy hour in primary schools.
*16 Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):    If he will make a statement on the effectiveness of sex education in schools.
*17 Mr Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):    What plans the Government has to encourage greater use of information technology in education.
*18 Mr Stephen Twigg (Enfield, Southgate):    What progress he has made in securing civil rights for the disabled.
*19 Mr Jonathan R. Shaw (Chatham and Aylesford):    What the total investment in schools in Medway through the New Deal has been to date.
*20 Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):    What assessment he has made of the potential impact of delegation of spending on the provision of support for children with special educational needs.
*21 Mr Tony McWalter (Hemel Hempstead):    If he will make a statement on funding of higher education.
*22 Christine Russell (City of Chester):    When he plans to establish the Disability Rights Commission.
*23 Mrs Ann Winterton (Congleton):    What guidance relating to drug-misuse has been issued to schools by his Department since the appointment of the UK Anti-Drugs Co-ordinator in October 1997.
*24 Mr John Heppell (Nottingham East):    What impact the literacy hour has had on standards of literacy in primary schools.
*25 Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    What actions he is taking to encourage access to higher education.
*26 Mr Gareth R. Thomas (Harrow West):    If he will make a statement on his plans for funding of further education.
*27 Mr Andrew Rowe (Faversham and Mid Kent):    What estimate he has made of the number of schools which currently have school councils.
*28 Mr Stephen Pound (Ealing North):    What action he is taking to encourage access to higher education.
*29 Mr Harry Cohen (Leyton and Wanstead):    What proposals he has to improve the training and qualifications of education welfare officers.
*30 Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):    How much has been allocated to local authorities to enable them to provide pre-school places for three year olds.
*31 Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    What steps he is taking to monitor the implementation of his reforms in schools.
*32 Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    What estimates he has made of the number of schools connected to the Internet; and if he will make a statement.
*33 Mr Richard Allan (Sheffield, Hallam):    If he will make a statement on the role of information technology in reducing the administrative workload of teachers.
*34 Barbara Follett (Stevenage):    If he will make a statement on his plans for the Youth Service.
*35 Mr John Bercow (Buckingham):    If he will estimate the number of children between the ages of seven and 11 years currently being taught in classes of over 30 in maintained schools in England.

At 12.30 p.m.Private Notice Questions (if any)
Ministerial Statements (if any)

Main Business
1   PUBLIC ACCOUNTS    [Until 7.00 p.m.]
 Mr David Davis
Mr Alan Williams
Mr Robert Maclennan
        That this House takes note of the 1st to 67th Reports of the Committee of Public Accounts of Session 1997-98, and of the Treasury Minutes and Northern Ireland Department of Finance and Personnel Memoranda on these Reports (Cm 3880, 3893, 3894, 3936, 3955, 3973, 4004, 4015, 4021, 4041, 4055, 4060, 4069, 4075) with particular reference to the following Reports:
        Twenty-seventh, Measures to Combat Housing Benefit Fraud (HC 366);
        Thirty-second, Cataract Surgery in Scotland (HC 546);
        Thirty-fourth, Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Irregular Payments at the British Embassy in Amman, Jordan (HC 553);
        Forty-fourth, Northern Ireland Social Security Agency: The Administration of the Disability Allowance (HC 527);
        Forty-sixth, The Contract to Develop and Update the Replacement National Insurance Recording System (HC 472);
        Sixty-first, Getting Value for Money in Privatisations (HC 992);
        Sixty-seventh, HM Treasury: Resource Accounting and Resource-Based Supply (HC 731).
Debate may continue until 7.00 p.m.
+  2   NORTHERN IRELAND GRAND COMMITTEE    [No debate after 7.00 p.m.]
 Margaret Beckett
Secretary Marjorie Mowlam
        (1) the Order of the House of 2nd December relating to sittings of the Northern Ireland Grand Committee shall have effect with the substitution of the words `2.30 p.m.' for the words `10.30 a.m.';
        (2) the matter of the Discussion Paper entitled "Putting it Right--the case for change in Northern Ireland's hospital service", being a matter relating exclusively to Northern Ireland, be referred to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee for its consideration; and
        (3) at the sitting on Thursday 28th January--
          (i) the Committee shall consider the matter referred to it under paragraph (2) above;
          (ii) the Chairman shall interrupt proceedings at 5 p.m.; and
          (iii) at the conclusion of those proceedings, a motion for the adjournment of the Committee may be made by a Minister of the Crown pursuant to Standing Order No. 116 (5) (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (sittings)).
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 p.m.
+  3   ENVIRONMENTAL AUDIT COMMITTEE    [No debate after 7.00 p.m.]
 Mr Keith Bradley
        That Mr Neil Gerrard be added to the Environmental Audit Committee.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 p.m.
        Proposed subject: Sustainability of fisheries (Mr Shaun Woodward).
        Debate may continue until 7.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9 and Order of 16th December).

1   Standing Committee A 9.00 a.m.
4.00 p.m.
Room 10 (public)
        To further consider the Water Industry Bill.
2   Education and Employment: Employment Sub- Committee 9.30 a.m. Room 18 (private)
3   Environmental Audit 10.00 a.m.
10.30 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
        Subject: Pre-Budget Report.
        Witness: Ms Patricia Hewitt, MP, Economic Secretary, HM Treasury.
4   Health 10.00 a.m. Room 6 (private)
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Written Questions tabled on Wednesday 13th January for answer today++
Mr Bob Blizzard (Waveney):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will make a statement about the costs of enforcing specified risk material controls in licensed slaughterhouses and cutting plants.
Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West):    To ask the Chairman of the Catering Committee, what delegations have been made in 1998 under the Civil Service (Management Functions) Act 1992; to whom those delegations were made; and what were the main conditions attached to them.
Mr Archy Kirkwood (Roxburgh and Berwickshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, when he expects to receive the report of the Task Force apppointed to review the arrangements surrounding protection orders issued under the Freshwater and Salmon Fisheries (Scotland) Act 1976; and if he will make a statement.
Ms Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the consultation document on pre-payments for funerals is to be published.
Ms Jackie Lawrence (Preseli Pembrokeshire):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on progress in the review of personal pensions mis-selling.
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the report of the Inspection of Medway Secure Training Centre will be published; and if he will make a statement.
Jacqui Smith (Redditch):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, when the legal aid board will publish its consultation document on the proposed funding code.

Standing Committee Notices
    The Scottish Grand Committee will meet on Monday 18th January at 10.30 a.m. at New Parliament House, Edinburgh, to consider the matter of Health in Scotland.
    Subject to progress on the Water Industry Bill, Standing Committee A will meet on Tuesday 19th January at 10.30 a.m. to consider the Rating (Valuation) Bill.
    Standing Committee B will meet on Thursday 21st January at 9.00 a.m. to consider the Local Government Bill.



[sitting at New Parliament House, Edinburgh]
    Applications for an Adjournment Debate for the sitting of the Committee on Monday 1st February 1999 should be submitted to Madam Speaker's office by 10.00 p.m. or the rising of the House (whichever is the earlier) on Tuesday 26th January 1999.
    The Ballot will take place on Wednesday 27th January 1999.

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